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American al Qaeda militant urges attacks on U.S. diplomats

DUBAI (Reuters) – An American al Qaeda militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on September 11 last year, a U.S.-based monitoring group said on Sunday. Western nations shut embassies across the Middle East and…

Al-Qaeda claims bombings in Iraq, warns of more

By Sylvia Westall BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Iraq which killed dozens of people during a Muslim holiday and warned the government to stop arresting suspected militants or face more violence. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formed earlier…

Some U.S. embassies reopen following al Qaeda security alert

A number of US diplomatic missions closed on August 4 over an Al-Qaeda security alert reopened Sunday, while others stayed shut for the Muslim holidays following the Ramadan holy month. The embassy in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the US consulate in Dubai reopened, as the holiday marking the…

U.S. drone kills three more Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen, strikes intensify

SANAA (Reuters) – A U.S. drone killed three suspected al Qaeda militants in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours as Washington intensifies efforts to eradicate al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch after recent warnings of possible attacks. The three men were travelling in a vehicle in…

CIA official: Syria poses greatest threat to U.S. security

The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for Al-Qaeda, a CIA official says. CIA second-in-command Michael Morell gave the assessment in an interview published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal as…

U.S. tells its citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

SBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and ordered the evacuation of non-essential U.S. government staff because of the threat of terrorist attacks. The State Department announcement was the latest warning since Washington issued a worldwide travel alert…

New York Times confirms embassy closures due to al-Qaeda threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reported on…

Terror alert reportedly based on warning from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – Soldiers blocked roads outside Western embassies in Sanaa on Sunday, after a U.S. warning of a possible major militant attack in the Middle East prompted the closure of many missions in Yemen and U.S. missions in several other Arab states. Security in Yemen, home…

Senator Chambliss: Terror chatter ‘very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11′

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The al Qaeda threat that closed U.S. embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most serious in years and the “chatter” among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, a U.S. lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said.…

Hundreds of Al-Qaeda militants break free of Abu Ghraib in Iraq

By Kareem Raheem and Ziad al-Sinjary BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday. The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim…

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